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    QualityShells Running Scared?
    Just got an email from QualityShells:

    To whom it may concern,

    We have decided to end our affiliate program. After many discussions we have decided
    that we do not want to take any chances with search engine problems that may arise from
    duplicate content. The way google has been tweaking filters have been making us
    nervous.

    We dislike ending the program with the great affiliates in the SAS community but feel
    it is in our best interest to do so.


    Please remove QualityShells.com from you sites.


    It was nice working with everyone and apologize for any inconveniences, Jim

    PS emails about particulars on why we ended the program will not be answered.
    They pretty much closed their account without any prior notice. I really feel for these people and their concern that the big G is watching over their shoulder. I am beginning to see more concern about how google will affect online income for a merchant.

    After G's pruchase of DoubleClick and this post on Matt Cutts blog I can understand the fear of an online merchant.

    I've seen several of my high ranking content sites fall off the GooWagon while adsense scraper and "search" sites rise like rancid cream to the top of the SERPs.

    I'm not complaining though as I've always known the 'net to be an evolving beast. I've built some very profitable harnesses but the thing is with the way google is stomping their feet it's getting harder to find a place not to get squashed. But then again, that's the fun of an online business...

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    It sure would have been nicer if they'd:

    A) Given more notice, to let us find replacement vendors.

    B) Dumped the affiliates with sites that were clearly copies of their site's text and such, while keeping those of us with truly original pages.

    Sigh. A lot of work, down the tubes.

    Anyone know of any other seashell vendors with a good affiliate program?

    -- Mike
    A joy shared is a joy doubled.
    A burden shared is a burden lightened.

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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    Anyone know of any other seashell vendors with a good affiliate program
    seashells?????????

    man - that proves that anything sells online!

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    That's got to be the stupidest reason ever for closing a program.

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    I agree. When they're that ill informed, you really don't want to work with them anyhow. That chicken little stuff would have surfaced some other way sooner or later, probably sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aRealHoot
    After G's pruchase of DoubleClick and this post on Matt Cutts blog I can understand the fear of an online merchant.
    Running any business can be scary. If you make decisions based on fear of what "might" happen you're never going to get anywhere. If you decide to stand up and face it, deal with problems when they happen, you'll have a better chance of survival.

    Firing part of your sales force is not a good way to make more sales.

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